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Marcy Bloom has written an excellent piece on the “honour killings” that occur throughout the world.

In the eyes of the communities where these murders occur, it is not only expected, but actually required, of male family member to kill their female family member, usually a wife, sister, or daughter.

Sick, right? It’s pretty freaking deranged.

The regime of honor is unforgiving: women on whom even only suspicion has fallen are not given any opportunity to defend themselves, and family members have no socially acceptable alternative but to remove the stain on their honor by attacking, brutalizing, mutilating, and, usually, killing the woman.

I’ve heard so much about these “honour killings” before, and now some people are calling it “gendercide”, which is essentially what it is. The killing of one specific gender. If a man had an affair…he wouldn’t get killed, but if a woman does it, kill her! It just makes so much sense, right? It’s a sick, sick thing and more attention needs to be paid attention to it and justice needs to be brought.

  1. October 29, 2007 at 9:48 am

    As I pointed out in that piece, there are often male victims of so-called ‘honour’ crime. In Europe there have been Arash Ghorbani-Zarin and in Sweden Abbas Rezai as two very well-known examples. For forced marriages, 15-20% victims are male. ‘Honour’, so-called, does revolve upon the patriarchal control of women’s bodies but women are not the only victims. I know of men under protection right now in the United Kingdom because of the threat of ‘honour’ killing.

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